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Freak shows and carnivals, stand aside. Some of the most fun parts of America are total mysteries while some are trickery. Mystery spots and other roadside attractions that feature anomalies have been sources of entertainment for years. Here are 5 rare spots that will boggle your mind, or not.
1. Oregon Vortex, Gold Hill, Oregon
Referred to as the “Forbidden Ground” by the Native Americans, this spot has attracted visitors since the 1930s when John Litster was a geologist, mining engineer, and physicist opened The House of Mystery to the public. The claim is that the area causes feelings of vertigo and height disproportions and height change as the relative height of two people changes varying on where they stand.
2. Santa Cruz Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz, California
Perhaps one of the most famed mystery spots in the U.S. is this spot just outside of Santa Cruz among the redwood forests. This house was opened in 1941 and is still going strong as one of the most popular tricks of perception. Thanks to visual cues, reality is distorted within the house, which was built on a slant. Visitors experience a
“phenomena”, thinking that they are actually standing at an inconceivable angle. Balls roll up the floor and chairs stay put halfway up walls in this house giving your eyes a run for their money.
3. Confusion Hill, Piercy, California
Confusion Hill is yet another so-called gravity house that was built to give visitors the illusion that they are not standing upright, even though they are. Other attractions in the area are more along the lines of daring, as they offer a ride on a train ride along the steep side of a hill.
4. Spook Hill, Lake Wales, Florida
This area is famous for its gravity hill, supposedly created by the ghost of a Native American chief and huge alligator who engaged in a battle, ultimately creating a lake in that spot. A car can be placed in neutral in this spot and it will appear to roll uphill. Supposedly, in the days before cars, horses often struggled to go downhill.
5. Mystery Hole, Ansted, West Virginia
This gravity-defying wonder is a classic, yet entertaining tourist trap. They bill themselves as a life changing experience where you will not believe your eyes. The Mystery Hole is an underground attraction with a series of rooms with floors and walls are built at an angle, messing with one’s sense of gravity.